‘How much more carnage?’: Joe Biden appeals for tougher gun laws

Washington: US President Joe Biden delivered an impassioned plea to Congress to act on gun control in an address to the nation, calling on senators and representatives to restore limits on the sale of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines after a string of mass shootings in the country.

Speaking at the White House, Biden sought to drive up pressure on Congress to pass stricter gun limits after such efforts failed following past attacks.

US President Joe Biden speaks about the latest round of mass shootings.Credit:AP

“How much more carnage are we willing to accept,” Biden said after last week’s shootings by an 18-year-old gunman, who killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and another attack on Wednesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a gunman shot and killed four people and himself at a medical office.

And those came after the May 14 assault in Buffalo, New York, where a white 18-year-old wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in a predominantly black neighbourhood, killing 10 people and wounding three others in what authorities described as “racially motivated violent extremism.”

All major broadcast networks broke away from regular programming to carry Biden’s remarks on Thursday night, Washington time, before the start of primetime shows.

The White House said the president would address “tragic mass shootings, and a need for Congress to pass commonsense laws to combat the epidemic of gun violence that is taking lives every day.”

More to come

Most Viewed in World

Source: Read Full Article